Linking Learning and Performance

A Practical Guide to Measuring Learning and On-the-Job Application


  • Toni Hodges, American Society for Training and Development; ROI Network;

While return-on-investment measurement programs have gained wide acceptance and popularity over the last few years, two key components to successful program evaluation are often neglected: learning and performance evaluation.This book provides a step-by-step approach for developing learning and performance measures and a method for analyzing and reporting results. The easy to use format serves as a quick referenceā€”featuring the necessary checklists to evaluate the situation and tools for immediate application in a number of organizational settingsā€”sales, leadership, and technical. It will prove an invaluable resource for anyone involved in training, HRD, human resource measurement and evaluation, and performance improvement.
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Human Resource professionals; Trainers; HR instructors; HRM students and practitioners


Book information

  • Published: December 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7412-6


"Linking Learning and Performance, written in an easy conversational tone, delights the reader with many useful tools, tips, techniques, and examples. An exceptional handbook sure to answer the learning and application evaluation needs of beginner and seasoned practitioner alike. A solid contribution to measuring human capital performance on the balanced scorecard." Gwendolyn G. Berthiez Organizational Development & Effectiveness Consultant, Raytheon Missile Systems "Practitioners have often selected between measuring learning or job performance, seldom both. Toni Hodges' book breaks down that artificial barrier and does much to improve HRD accountability in organizations." Ronald L. Jacobs, Ph.D. Professor, Workforce Development and Education, The Ohio State University "This book provides practical tools and checklists that can be easily implemented by novice and experienced evaluators alike. Toni has provided a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource that lays out the necessary steps to successfully design and implement evaluation strategies to measure the business results for a variety of HRD initiatives." Mike Sullivan Staff Manager, Allstate Insurance Company "In this book, Toni Hodges has done an outstanding job of showing how a Workplace Learning and Performance professional can measure learning. A key strength of this book is its practical, step-by-step approach to measuring learning and on-the-job performance. This is a must-have book for any serious-minded WLP professional at this time of growing accountability for people in this field." William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Table of Contents

Why is it so important to measure learning and performance; How to develop objectives and plan for the evaluation; How to design learning measures; How to test measures for reliability and validity; How to analyze learning data; How to ensure learning transfers to job performance; How to design job performance measures; How to analyze performance data; How to link results to conclusions and recommendations; How to effectively present evaluation results; Now what? How to maximize evaluation results; Appendix A: Example action Plans; Appendix B: Example follow-up questionnaires; Appendix C: Focus group tools; Index.